Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Definition of Marriage

Reply to:
American Power: Pam Spaulding: A Black Lesbian Who is Wickedly Dishonest
Norm said...
Donna B:
The issue of gay and lesbian marriage has nothing to do with equality before the law. Civil unions are equal before the law. What is at issue is the definition of a word: marriage.

February 25, 2009 8:48 AM

@ Norm:

As long as the word "marriage" straddles the gap between religious rite and legal right, questioning whether it's definition can cover both in a secular society will continue.

Civil unions will be equal to marriage before the law when there is no differentiation of any kind between the two in the specific wording of laws.

The two terms never will or should be equal before one's God or religious institution.

As I've said before, I'd prefer to see "civil union" take the place of "marriage" in all US, state, and local law, and leave "marriage," definition and all, to the churches, synagogues, fellowships and mosques.

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